The National Examinations Council (NECO) has said that seven Northern state governments are indebted to it to the tune of N1.8 billion debt for the students they registered in 2019.
They are Zamfara, Adamawa, Kano, Gombe, Borno and Niger states.
The Council’s Registrar and Chief Executive, Professor Dantani Wushishi, who spoke to newsmen in Minna, Niger State today, October 30 said: “ the State governments offered to pay examination fees for candidates from their states but when it came to the actual payment, they didn’t do it, and that has strapped NECO.”
Professor Wushishi lamented that most of the states owing the Council a lot of money are yet to remit to it, even when the examination body had not withheld the results of the defaulting states in the spirit of mutual respect, togetherness and understanding.
According to him, the Council had engaged the affected states in dialogue towards the amicable resolution of the matter.
Professor Wushishi reminded the defaulting states that it is with this money that NECO paid the staff involved in carrying out the examinations, in addition to buying needed materials for the smooth conduct of the Senior Secondary School Examination.
He, therefore, appealed to the governors of the Northern states to, as a matter of urgency, meet their obligations by settling their debts to enable NECO to diligently discharge its responsibilities.